By Nick Fouriezos. Take one more turn, though, and another must-see icon of Americanism emerges — albeit one with a slightly more flamboyant nightlife. Here along Halsted Street is Boystown, a rainbow-flagged thoroughfare filled with dozens of queer bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
Inthe Illinois General Assembly inaugurated the gargantuan task of overhauling its criminal code. Since its last major revision inthe code had accumulated a patchwork of conflicting and confusing statues, some of which made no sense in the 20th century. The ALI had put together its Model Penal Code because a number of states were planning to revise their criminal codes over the next decade, and the Model Code recommended the elimination of all prohibitions against consensual sexual activity between consenting adults, including those which criminalized homosexual activity and relationships.
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Equality Illinois Issues Anti-Discrimination. For nearly two decades, Equality Illinois has led the charge to end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. We were founded by activists who fought to outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in the City of Chicago, which passed in
Yet the June uprising by young gays, lesbians and transgender people in New York City, clashing with police near a bar called the Stonewall Inn, was a vital catalyst in expanding LGBT activism nationwide and abroad. What unfinished business remains? From the perspective of veteran activists, the progress has been astounding.
The first ever gay rights organization in the country was founded in Illinois, and the state was also the first to decriminalize sodomy. But laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation proved to be a more difficult battle. Early Milestones InGerman immigrant Henry Gerber founded the Society for Human Rights, which served a goal to teach others about the gay community and attempting to change laws that made homosexuality illegal.
Illinois is seen as one of the most progressive states in the United States in regard to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender LGBT rights and often viewed as one of the most liberal states in the Midwestern United States. Same-sex marriage was banned by statute inbut has since been legalized in Novemberafter a law allowing such marriages was signed by then-Governor Pat Quinn on November 20 and went into effect on June 1, Additionally, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is banned in the state.
Illinois is seen as one of the most progressive states in the U. Same-sex marriage was banned by statute sincebut has since been legalized in Novemberafter the signature of then-Governor Pat Quinn on November 20, went into effect on June 1, On July 28,Illinois enacted the Laws of Illinoisa new state law code, that became effective on January 1,and eliminated the state's sodomy laws. It was the first state to eliminate its sodomy laws and established an age of consent of
Gay and transgender rights advocates want to require Illinois public schools to teach students about LGBT history, as opponents say those kinds of decisions should be left to local officials. Legislation pending in Springfield would require a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender section be added to history classes and have school districts ensure textbooks "accurately portray the diversity of our society. Supporters say the state already has similar rules requiring lessons on African-Americans and other groups.
On November 19,the Cook County Board of Commissions enacted an ordinance protecting transgendered individuals persons who adopt a gender identity different than their biological gender and transsexuals persons who undergo surgery to alter their gender from discrimination in employment, housing, credit, and public accommodations. The second most populated county in the U. Chicago passed a similar law on November 13, The City of Bloomington passed an ordinance amending its Human Relations Law to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation effective November 7,while the City of Decatur enacted a prohibition against sexual orientation and transgender discrimination effective October 7,